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Micah

The Book of Micah in the bibleThe book of Micah records the messages of the prophet Micah. As with most prophets, Micah’s message focuses on current events — in this instance for the people of Samaria and Jerusalem — and it also had a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus.

Micah was a younger contemporary of Isaiah and may have been influenced by Isaiah’s example. Micah foretold about the coming destruction of Israel and Judah because they had turned their backs on God. However, his message has a happy conclusion as the dispersed peoples would later be reunited and exalted by a loving and forgiving God.

Micah is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)

Nahum

The Book of Nahum in the Bible The book of Nahum records the messages of the prophet Nahum. As with most prophets, Nahum’s message focuses on current events, but in this case for the people of Assyria.

The capital of Assyria was Nineveh, so we can read the prelude to this book in the book of Jonah.

Nahum, like Amos, addresses the faults of a foreign nation, Assyria. Assyria, was long an oppressor of Israel and Nahum predicts its destruction. There is no call to repentance — as is often seen with other prophets — just judgment.

From a literary standpoint, the book concludes with a masterful ode to the fall of Assyria (Nineveh).

Nahum is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)

Obadiah

The Book of the Obadiah in the bibleThe book of Obadiah records the messages of the prophet Obadiah. As with most prophets, Obadiah’s message focuses on current events — in this case for the people of Edom.

The book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, and nothing is known about Obadiah except that he lived during the fall of Jerusalem. His message was focused on the people of Edom (the descendants of Esau), and was critical of them for their failure to come to the aid of Judah. This message carries with it a sense of justice and does not include any forgiveness toward Edom.

Obadiah is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)

Zechariah

The book of the Zechariah in the BibleThe book of Zechariah is a record of the messages of the prophet Zechariah. As with most prophets, Zechariah’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus.

Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. The messages of both prophets concern the importance of rebuilding the temple.

Zechariah is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)

Zephaniah

The Book of the Zephaniah in the bibleThe book of Zephaniah is a record of the messages of the prophet Zephaniah. As with most prophets, Zephaniah’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus.

Zephaniah focuses the attention of his critical remarks on the political and religious leaders of the nation. Zephaniah, more so than any other prophet, strongly and powerfully communicates that God will decisively deal with evil people (judgment) and that the righteous people will be rewarded (salvation).

Zephaniah is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)

Posts about the Minor Prophets

For the past several months, most of the A Bible A Day posts have been about the minor prophets.  Recall that they are called “minor” not because their prophecy is insignificant, but because their books are short!

Though more posts may be added in the future, there are no more planned at this time.  See all posts about the Minor Prophets, or look at specific ones:

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah

Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

Read more about the Minor Prophets on ABibleADay.com.